KFAT Radio 94.5 Gilroy, California
KFAT Radio was a classic of its era - one-of-a-kind. I worked there from 1979 until January 1983 as the Gilroy studio engineer. I've dug into the archives and found some goodies. KFAT is gone but not forgotten. Enjoy.
Live broadcast mid-morning
Thursday March 4, 1982 (AAC)
Fat Frys live at the Keystone in Palo Alto:
Here's a rare shot of the people who took over from KFAT after January 1983. The burlap covered plywood letters are long gone as is the El Paseo de Saratoga shopping center where this picture was taken. KWSS was in turn "eaten" by another big corporation in 1991 and became K-FOX. The KWSS sales manager Dayton Philips and receptionist Shirley Sanchez standing on the right side have both passed away. GM Palmer Pyle (green cap/white shirt on the left) played pro-football with the Colts, Vikings, and Oakland Raiders from 1960-66 - he convinced Nationwide Corporation to keep me on as engineer after KFAT, so he's my hero.
In the KWSS photo from left to right are
Kevin O'Brien (AE-sales), Palmer Pyle (GM-manager), George Moody (AE-sales),
Mark Durkin (AE-sales), Kim Borden (traffic director), Dave Van Stone
(program director), Robin Kipps - seated (music director), Gordon Pirie
(AE-sales), Bill Kelly (morning team), Al Klein (morning team), Shirley
Sanchez (receptionist), Dayton Philips (sales manager). This photo was on
the KWSS 1983 Christmas card.
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